architecture-portfolio

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Ghostbusters 2016 Firehouse

Based off of the actual existing building & a whole lot of watching the DVD extras to get it as close as possible. I took liberties with the upstairs because we are never shown them; all of the bedrooms and furniture are sized correctly. These plans are not 100% screen accurate because the layout of the building shown in the film does not make logical sense when it comes to things like structure.

Done in AutoCAD then cleaned up in Photoshop and Illustrator.

I apologize for the watermarks but as this is going in my portfolio for Architecture graduate school I can’t have it getting stolen. If you’d like the unwatermarked version, message me and I will send it to you.

Feel free to use in your fanfics! :) Also feel free to reblog. :)

Architecture students and graduates know that it’s not enough to simply do good work - half the challenge is communicating the work you do. The job search portfolio is probably one of our more stressful representational challenges. There’s a balance to strike between personality and professionalism, and you don’t want to wonder whether you didn’t send the message you intended.

In preparation for an upcoming work term I put together my first professional portfolio this summer and learned a few things along the way. I’m by no means an expert, but here are some of the things I’ve been told or complimented on thus far:

1. The cover is your first impression. You can go minimal, use elaborate patterns, or use a photo you’re particularly proud of, just know that it will say something about your style and interests. I chose a photo relevant to my interests in coastal architecture and repurposed materials, with colours I thought worked well together.

2. Resumes can come at the front or the back of your portfolio. In my case I paired it with a table of contents over a graphic which ties to the theme of my cover. The (lack of) colour here introduces the stark black and white scheme which I use throughout my portfolio.

3. When you get to your projects it helps to have a system. I first split my page spread into top and bottom, and then into three columns per page. This gave me some zones to work with. The three labelled above stayed the same on most of my pages while the others vary. Once you have a system you also learn how to break out of it - on some pages large images cross my guides, placing emphasis on them.

4. Think about print. If you ever plan to make physical copies of your portfolio there are a few things you should consider. First, standard sizes make for cheaper copies - mine is formatted for a letter sized page in landscape orientation. Second, printing to the edges of your page (full bleed) requires printing larger and cutting down. This can be costly and time-consuming, but can also be worth it. In my case I wanted to be able to make many copies, so I kept my graphics from the edges of the page (in most cases) and left room at the “spine” for binding.

In a few years I’m sure my portfolio will be very different than what you see here, both in content and style, but for now I’m very happy with it. Good luck!

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Once I had created the basic floor layout I could work more on the vegetation net that would envelop the structure. I started by creating a sketch model, again from thread and brass rods implanted into a solid piece of timber. I then began looking at how the construction details would match the aesthetic and decided to utilise steel cables held in tension upon which the vegetation would be laid out in horizontal tubes, acting as a counterpoint to the verticality of the tower. 

#32 Don’t be realistic.

Our minds have their way with us if we let them.  You have to allow yourself to forget what you “know” about architecture to begin learning how to think like an architect or designer.  Architecture school teaches you how to think more than anything else.  When you first get a project you may begin picturing the finished product in your head.  This might be an organic mixture of everything you believe to be “architecture” all put together.  Then you begin to make decisions based on these pre-concieved notion.  This can sometimes lead to getting yelled at for having a “flat base” or your model looking too much like a “HOME” in a simple spacial exercise.

Don’t worry, its not your fault.

But in order to truly grasp the concept of space-making and form, you must allow these pre-conceived notions to diminish to make room for creative application.  Don’t be realistic, you will have plenty of time for that later in your career.  For now, especially in the entry level position, try new things and get out of your confort zone!  Who knows, maybe you’ll like it.

Young Lit and Phil Project, Newcastle

Rough sketch drawing - pre-render

 Beginning to finalise the design, in particular the facade detail.

‘STACKED LEVELS' 

Zoning - Entry central, Public access at lower level. Display Windows. Balconies at higher levels. Views captured across River. Glass brought forward/set back?

[Ink on cartridge paper]

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I always find it useful, around half way through a design project, to return to your field trip photos or initial sources of inspiration. In the case of this project it was Zaha Hadid’s Maxxii Museum in Rome that became the perfect resource in developing my floor plans further into more fluid spaces that promoted movement within the architecture.

#33 What do you want for your birthday?  BOOKS.

Invest in some books.  While the internet does provide as an excellent place to research and look things up, a book provides a different experience which is more autotelic in nature.  There are also things in books which you cannot find on the internet and NEVER WILL.  The personal library you construct over time should consist of books that inspire you and have pictures and articles which make you think.  You can also physically trace out of books which is an excellent way to practice drawing.  Tracing and copying from books is one of the quickest ways to yield efficient habits when learning how to illustrate.  “But isn’t that plagiarism?”  It is only plagiarism if you copy something and call it your own.  In fact, Hunter S. Thompson once re-typed the Great Gatsby to see how it felt to type a novel. 

So books are great in many ways, and 10 years from now when the web hosting for the site you “bookmarked” a great image you liked has been long expired, you will still have that book you thought you would “never use so much”.  

3 things to always do with your books:

  1. Reference them.
  2. Write in them.
  3. Pass them down to people who can really use them.  Trust me, you will know when and who to give it to when the time comes.